Can't boot from a secondary slave drive!
Posted on 2004-11-01
I am trying to boot from a slave hard drive. I have two CD-ROMs set as primary master and primary slave (CD-R/RW - master / CD-ROM - slave) and I have two hard drives set as the secondary master and secondary slave respectively. After going through the motherboard manual many times, it seems to me that I can specify in the BIOS which boot device will be used to boot my system (CD-ROM, IDE 0, IDE 1, IDE 2 or IDE 3, etc.)
I just bought a new Maxtor 40GB hard drive and successfully installed it as the secondary slave. I ran FDISK on it and created a single primary partition. Then I rebooted and formatted the hard drive and copied the system files to it (Windows 98SE). Then I rebooted again and ran the BIOS setup utility (AMIBIOS) and set the boot device order like this: CD-ROM, Floppy, IDE 1.
My computer reads the secondary master as IDE 0. So according to my calculations, with no CD or floppy inserted, setting the third boot device as IDE 1 should boot my system using my newly configured secondary slave hard drive. However, what happens is I get the following messages on the boot screen:
Searching for boot record IDE 1... OK
Boot failure from previous device
What am I doing wrong? I've tried running FDISK again and attempting to set the partition active on the secondary slave drive but I keep getting this message:
Only partitions on Drive 1 can be made active.
Then I tried deleting the partition and making it an extended DOS partition instead and doing all of the above all over again and getting all the same error messages. It seems to me that if only I could make the partition on my slave drive active then I would be able to successfully boot from it. No?
Now I'm starting to research some boot loaders (like XOSL) but before I get too deep into these immensely complicated programs I was wondering if there was some simple thing I was overlooking in the above that would help me boot from my secondary slave.
Any help would be appreciated. I'd like to effect a simple solution to create a dual/multi boot system and I'm out of ideas. I'm not so crazy about going the XOSL boot manager route but if I have to then I will.